SEAT have unveiled the 2017 facelifted Leon ahead of its launch early next year.
The exterior sees very little changes as SEAT know the current design is striking. The bits and pieces that have changed are more sharper lines, new bumper design, a slightly bigger grille finished in a richer chrome, new exterior lights with Full-LED technology and LED technology for the indicators and fog lights.
Inside, the new Leon will come with a newly designed 8 inch screen which reduces the amount of buttons and dials compared to the current model. There’s also LED ambient lighting where the brightness can be altered. There’s also a new centre console with an electric parking brake.
The 2017 Leon will come with a vast amount of driver assistance systems such as Traffic Jam Assist, Lane Assist and ACC which whilst in traffic, the car manoeuvres, accelerates and brakes automatically. Another safety features are Pedestrian Protection System, Traffic Sign Recognition, Blind Spot Detection, Bay and Parallel parking, Emergency Assist and Highbeam Assist.
Updates have been made to the camera and navigation systems have seen improvements and recognise a higher number of traffic signs.
The new Leon will come with the latest Easy Connect infotainment systems which include SEAT Full Link, SEAT ConnectApp with voice recognition and gesture control, Media System Plus, SEAT Full Link, MirrorLink, Full Link and compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s also GSM signal booster for when in low signal areas.
They’ll be a connectivity box in the central console which can provide wireless phone charging.
In the UK the 2017 Seat Leon will come in five trim levels: S, SE Dynamic, SE Technology, FR and the new ‘XCELLENCE’.
The Leon will come with a range of Euro 6 compliant engines. The TDI engine range starts with a 1.6 115 PS and goes up to the 2.0 184 PS. Petrol sees introduction of the 1.0 litre 115PS TSI three-cylinder with the rest of the petrol range producing between 110 to 180 PS.
Gearboxes will come with 5 or 6 speed manuals or a double-clutch DSG with 6 or 7 speeds.
The new Leon will still come in the existing body types: 5 door hatch, 3 door Sports Coupe and Sports Tourer.
There will be a new Leon Cupra but is set to be announced at a later date.